What we're about

Hi there & welcome to Gentle Jaunts.

As the name suggests, we meet up to go on walks which are not to difficult, and are conducted at a reasonable pace. The group is as much a social activity, as it is a form of exercise. We meet to enjoy each others company, as well as get exercise and fresh air.

A brief explanation of the route, distance, terrain and conditions, will be given for each walk. You should read this, and decide whether you are able to manage the walk. Having read this then come along with the correct clothing, footwear and equipment for the walk: that is do you need boots and warm waterproof clothing, or sun block and plenty of water. You will also be advised if there is refreshment available, or do you need to bring your own. It is your responsibility to come along properly equipped for the walk. If in doubt ask in the comments.

Gentle Jaunts has always welcomed people who bring their dogs along. However, anyone who brings a dog to the walk must keep it under proper safe control. Neither the dog or the walker should create a hazard or problem for others. No dog should be allowed to worry livestock, bite people or harass protected or vulnerable creatures. Should this type of behaviour occur, the walker and/or dog may be banned from the meet up, depending on the circumstances.

Gentle Jaunts is a not for profit organisation, in fact it costs myself and the other organisers to lead these activities. We do not carry public liability insurance, and are not liable for any loss, damage or injury incurred during our activities. No outdoor activity can be completely safe and free from hazard. It is therefor your own responsibility to make a judgment as to whether you are able to safely take part in any of our walks or activities.

Please avoid political discussions and certainly arguments, as your opinions may cause offence to others. Also do not use political logos either for that same reason.

Upcoming events (3)

FABULOUS FIFE COASTAL WALK: *INVERKEITHING TO ABERDOUR*

Inverkeithing Railway Station,

Come join me on this lovely walk from Inverkeithing along part of the Fife Coastal Path to Aberdour. En route we’ll pass through Dalgety Bay, St David’s Bay, take a lunch break at St Bridget’s Kirk and walk on until we reach Aberdour. This is a scenic 7 mile walk offering us some great views of the 3 Bridges and of the Fife coast. We'll see: • DALGETY BAY: overlooks the Firth of Forth towards Edinburgh and The Lothians. A fairly new town (developed in 1962 - two years before the opening of the Forth Bridge). • ST DAVID'S BAY/HARBOUR: In former days the harbour was used as a coal port for exporting coal to the Netherlands and Belgium and many of Fife's roof tiles came as ballast in the coal ships. This trade ceased in 1946. • ST BRIDGET'S KIRK: built in the 1100s to serve as the parish church of Dalgety. Worship was arranged by the Augustinian Canons of Inchcolm Abbey • ABERDOUR: is a charming little town with its own history to explore. I.e. Aberdour Castle and Gardens, St Fillan’s Church and Aberdour House (See below) • ABERDOUR CASTLE: A partly ruinous E-plan tower house, consisting of a ruinous altered 12th or 13th-century hall house (perhaps the oldest such building in Scotland) When we reach Aberdour we will visit the bar of The Woodside Hotel (featuring a beautiful stained glass ceiling rescued from the Clyde-built RMS Orontes, which sailed from the UK to Australia between 1902 and 1926) GETTING TO THE START • 🚂Train: Leaves Edinburgh Waverley 11:32- arrives Inverkeithing 11:52. (The best plan is to buy a return ticket to Aberdour - get off at Inverkeithing - and use this same ticket for your return journey) https://www.thetrainline.com • 🚙Car: Postcode KY11 1NJ. Parking near Inverkeithing train station at Admiralty Road, King Street and Chapel Place. Return to car by train from Aberdour. • 🚌Bus: X55 leaves Edinburgh Bus Station (Gate C) at 11:05 and arrives Ferrytoll P&R at 11:42. The meeting place at the station is a 14 min walk from the P&R https://www.travelinescotland.com RETURN TO EDINBURGH • 🚂Train: Aberdour to Edinburgh at 15:27, 16:29, 17:25 and 18:26 https://www.thetrainline.com • 🚌Bus: From Aberdour to Edinburgh are hourly (12 mins past the hour) and require a change of bus in Rosyth 16:12 or 17:12 http://www.travelinescotland.com • 🚙Car: Trains back to Inverkeithing to collect your car at 15:27, 16:29, 17:25 and 18:26 https://www.thetrainline.com EXTRAS • Attire: Sturdy boots/shoes and weatherproof clothing • Dogs: Welcome • Break: Bring a snack as we'll take a break at St Bridget's Kirk • Phone:[masked]

MIDDAY/MIDWEEK: CRAMOND BRIG TO CAMMO ESTATE (Circular)

Miller & Carter Cramond Brig

Come join me on this lovely walk from Cramond Brig to Cammo. We'll walk alongside the river and through woods to Cammo estate where we'll spend some time wandering around the Estate before heading back to the Miller & Carter Steakhouse (original meeting place) for a wee refreshment. * CAMMO ESTATE: is one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems, with a fascinating history and some beautiful flora and fauna waiting to be discovered. A council-owned nature reserve, Cammo was once one of Edinburgh’s grandest and most private residences. This short walk uncovers some of its secrets, including the ruins of Cammo House itself, the overgrown walled garden and the striking Cammo Tower. * CAMMO HOUSE; was built in the 1690s for landowner John Menzies and passed through the generations into several different families, eventually falling into disrepair (and some may say disrepute) before being vacated by the last owner, a reclusive spinster who lived in the house until the 1950s. Some say she still haunts the estate grounds😧 * THE WALLED GARDEN: was a kitchen garden. Although the wall remains, the garden has returned completely to nature, with many wild plants and flowers having taken root there. * CAMMO TOWER: a disused structure once serving as the water tower for the estate. Now home to the many birds which roost there, it dominates the field GETTING THERE * BUS: Lothian Country Bus 43 leaves St Andrews Square at 11:00 - arrives opposite the Miller Carter Steakhouse at 11:30 OR * BUS: Lothian Country Bus 43 leaves St Andrews Square at 11:20 - arrives opposite the Miller Carter Steakhouse at 11:50 http://lothianbuses.com/getting-around/journey-planner * CAR: Parking is available in the streets around the Miller Carter Steakhouse EXTRAS * SNACK: We'll stop for a snack break in Cammo Estate * DISTANCE: approx 5- 6 miles * ATTIRE : Dress to suit the weather and wear sturdy boots/shoes * DOGS: Welcome * TELEPHONE:[masked]

SUMMER SUNDAY WALK - PORTMORE RESERVOIR - (SET BELOW THE MOORFOOT HILLS)

Waterheads, Opposite 'Fala Toll'

Come join me on one of my all time favourite jaunts round Portmore Loch. The loch sits in over 100 acres of beautiful natural setting within a remote area of the private Portmore Estate. Its idyllic natural setting, and rich ecosystem, make it a favourite spot for fishermen... and for us walkers too, of course! We begin with a modest climb up a country road before enjoying our walk round the loch and then a very gradual incline into the hills where we'll observe some stunning views. The next section of the walk is through fairly rugged/open moorland before we walk down towards a large sprawling farm. Near the end of the walk we'll have a lovely woodland walk before reaching a very tranquil scenic pond and a few pretty little cottages. Unfortunately the Scots Pine Tea-room has closed which means we can't end with a wee refreshment there 😀. However we can still catch our bus home from opposite there (or back to cars) EXTRAS GETTING THERE: *🚌BUS: X62 - leaves Edinburgh Bus Station (gate E) at 12:30. Arrives 1:25pm. Ask the driver to let you off at FALA TOLL. (The green wooden bus shelter) http://www.travelinescotland.com *🚙CAR: Take A703 through Penicuik. * About 3 miles out of Penicuik (at the Leadburn Inn) the A703 road is crossed by the A6094 on the left and the A701 on the right. * Stay on the A703 but keep your eyes skinned. * Just under 3 miles from the Inn you come to a minor left turn. * On the right side opposite there is a road sign 'Temple 7miles - Gorebridge 10 miles' - on the left is our start point (a green wooden bus shelter - known as Fala Toll). * Park where you can. RETURNING TO EDINBURGH: *🚌 BUS: People who've travelled down by bus can get the HOURLY (Ten minutes past the hour) bus back to Edinburgh from opposite The Scots Pine Tea-room. http://www.travelinescotland.com *🚙 CAR: Those who've left their cars at Fala Toll can take the bus (above) back to the start point. (Drivers might consider arranging with another driver to leave a car at each end of the walk) EXTRAS * Distance: 5.5 mile walk with some modest climbs * Attire: Dress to suit the weather and wear comfy walking shoes/boots * Break: Bring a snack * Dogs: Welcome * Phone:[masked]

Past events (603)

John Muir Way - Bo'ness to Linlithgow

Bo'ness Bus Station

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